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Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest – Des Moines, IA

Location: Des Moines, IA
Date: 08-10-2019
Winner: Men's: Brett Healey (32.5); Ladies': Sophia DeVita (12.5)


Des Moines, IA, will host a sanctioned Nathan’s Famous hot dog-eating contest on Saturday, August 10th, 2019, to qualify the champions who will compete in the 2020 Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest. The contest will take place at the Iowa State Fair. The top male and top female finishers from this qualifier will be invited to compete at the ESPN-televised finals at the original Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island on July 4th, 2020.

In recent years, an estimated 35,000 fans have made the pilgrimage to the corner of Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island to watch the Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog-Eating Contest in person. The Nathan’s Famous qualifying tour is conducted each year in cities across the U.S. and beyond. Other qualifying events for the 2020 season are to be determined.

Do you have what it takes to challenge the reigning World Champions? If so, the time is now. Step up to the table for your shot at becoming a part of history!

This contest will take place on Saturday, August 10th, 2019, at 1pm local time at the Susan Knapp Amphitheatre, at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, E University Ave & E 30th St., Des Moines, IA 50317!

The top male and female finisher will each qualify for a spot to compete in the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island on July 4th, 2019.

About Nathan's Famous, Inc. Nathan’s Famous has nearly 300 restaurants all over the world including Russia, Australia, Malaysia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Panama, the Philippines, and the UK. There are Nathan’s restaurants up and down the eastern seaboard, and scattered across the Midwest and west including Texas, Illinois and Nevada. Nathan’s products are available in arenas and stadiums all over the country, as well as movie theaters, colleges and universities, travel plazas, amusement parks, casinos and hotels. Nathan’s available prototypes are full menu restaurants large and small, as well as carts, kiosks, trailers and trucks. Nathan’s Famous products are currently sold in more than 58,000 retail and food service locations, and are available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands, and in 12 foreign countries. Through all channels of distribution, over 600 million Nathan’s world famous beef hot dogs were sold last year.

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*All applicants must be 18 years of age or older and fully acknowledge and understand the inherent dangers and risks associated with participating in an eating contest. The applicant further acknowledges and understands that the MLE/IFOCE coordinates with event sponsor(s) to select and approve eligible participants, and that the MLE/IFOCE shall decide, at its sole discretion, whether an applicant is eligible to participate in any eating event, and/or related activities. The MLE/IFOCE may revoke an applicant's eligibility to participate in the eating contest, or related activities, at any time, for any reason, at its sole discretion. The MLE/IFOCE and the event sponsors reserve the right, at any time, to change any and all details concerning the event, including, e.g., time, duration, location and prize structure.tion, location and prize structure.

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